NPA Film and Media (Schools)

In recent years there has been growth in Film and High End Television production in Scotland, supported by an increased demand for high quality productions across streaming services. This has led to new screen studio developments and expansion of existing facilities in Scotland and a recognised shortage of workers with the necessary craft skills.

This course will introduce learners to the film and media industries and provide an understanding of job roles and functions within the sector and the commercial and cultural factors affecting the film industry. Learners will be introduced to cultural codes and narrative conventions in film. The course will also raise awareness of industry standards and practice, and application of digital skills through a series of practical film projects.

The deadline for applications is Friday 19 April 2024 but early applications are encouraged.

This NPA develops knowledge and understanding of film and media together with practical, technical and transferable skills such as resource management, problem solving, planning and communication skills.

The qualification consists of the following units:

Film and the Film Industry: An Introduction
Creative Project
Media: Basic Video Editing
Media: Basic Video Camera Operation

Upon successful achievement of this NPA, candidates may find employment opportunities in the following areas:

At entry level in a film/media production company

Upon successful achievement of this NPA, candidates may be able to progress in the following areas:

NC in Media at SCQF Level 6
HNC Media at SCQF Level 7/8

Although there are no specific qualifications needed for entry to the NPAs in Film and Media, it would be beneficial if the learner had some previous experience of related subjects (for example, Media at SCQF level 4).
Learners without prior qualifications may be able to demonstrate prior skills and knowledge they have developed as a result of relevant course work/work experience or voluntary activities. Or be able to demonstrate enthusiasm for and knowledge of the subject through relevant leisure activities.

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Stirling Campus

Start date

14 June 2024

SCQF Level

Level 6